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Efforts of control or efforts of compassion?

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2021

“I want them (friends, co-workers, family members) saved, but I am not their Savior. . . .  They need Jesus.  They need self-control.  So I shift from efforts of control to efforts of compassion.  Compassion lets me love the person, empathize with their pain, and acknowledge their side of things, even if I don’t agree […]

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An epic defeat of the enemy

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2021

“It’s often when I don’t want to live out God’s Word with another person that doing what God says is an epic defeat of the enemy.  There is nothing more powerful than a person living out what God’s Word teaches.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your […]

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Try Softer: A Fresh Approach

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2020

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach (Tyndale Momentum, 2020) Aundi Kolber’s first book is Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode – and into a Life of Connection and Joy.  Most significantly, Aundi ministers as a licensed professional counselor, specializing in trauma and body-centered therapies.  From personal experience, […]

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Spiritual intelligence = Bible application

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2020

” ‘Spiritual intelligence is a phrase I use not to describe the number of Bible verses we know by memory (though this is valuable and important0 but to refer to the Bible verses we apply to our lives.”- Heath Adamson “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter […]

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Empathy and compassion require attentive mind

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2020

“It’s not only deep thinking that requires a calm, attentive mind.  It’s also empathy and compassion. . . .  it’s only recently that [psychologists have] begun researching the sources of our nobler instincts.  What they’re finding is that, as Antonio Damasio . . . explains, the higher emotions emerge from neural processes that are inherently […]

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Loving ways in action – and like them too!

By Dave Henning / October 16, 2019

“Don’t just act in loving ways toward people — make an effort to like them too. . . .  For me, it goes back to learning how to forgive myself.  To give grace when I fail and tone it down when I’m tempted to beat myself up.  Because if I can’t bury the hatchet with […]

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Gifts hidden in suffering – redeemed

By Dave Henning / October 8, 2019

“There are gifts hidden in suffering that can be redeemed only in the experience. . . .  Compassion, which literally means ‘suffering with,’ may feel like the most futile kind of suffering.  It changes nothing.  It hold no hope of changing anything.  Yet to be compassionate is to see with a God’s-eye view.”- Desmond Tutu, […]

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People who stop at the gate

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2019

“Let’s be people who stop at the gate.  Let’s look at the hurting until we hurt with them.  No hurrying past, turning away, or shifting of eyes.  No pretending or glossing over.  Let’s look at the face until we see the person.”- Max Lucado “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because […]

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Let God unshell you – discover your language

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2019

“Let God unshell you.  And when he does, ‘make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that’ (Galatians6:4, MSG).  Don’t miss the opportunity to discover your language.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 3 (“Let God Unshell You”) of Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado observes […]

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Our litmus test for worship

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

“What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]

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Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

“I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]

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Compassion – always the right reaction

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2019

” . . . just as you are responsible for your actions, no matter how right or wrong they are, you are also responsible for your reactions.  And compassion is always the right reaction.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Primal, he talks about the concept of sympathy breakthroughs.  Jonathan Glover, who […]

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